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this time, the only place you will get the whole story. the online show in just a second. [captioning made possible by fox news channel] shepard: tonight, a cyberattack on the pentagon and the white house. sarah palin hits the campaign trail. and the major changes for health care in america. i'm shepard smith. the news starts now. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> folks, reform is coming. shepard: but how much will reform cost? >> the white house cuts a deal with hospitals, one that could help cover costs for uninsured americans. still, a loft lawmakers don't seem convinced. >> the first thing we do is practice the hippocratic oath, first do no harm. shepard: tonight, looking for ways to fix the system. but first from fox tonight, he was a hero in tennessee and beyond. he took the titans to the super bowl. he was to all air mcnair, a pro
bowl quarterback. tonight his murder is solved, and it's ugly. police say steve mcnair was asleep on the couch when his mistress shot him in the head. investigators in nashville say the 20-year-old woman suspected mcnair was cheating on her not with his wife, but with another other woman. police say sahel kazemi continued firing that gun on saturday morning, pumping two bullets into mcnair's chest, and finally one more into his head at what police say was point-blank range. she executed him while he slept. next the cops tell us she sat down next to his lifeless body as the blood drained from it inside his rented condominium, put the gun to her own head, pulling the trigger only after she posed herself so that her body would fall into his lap. >> while we may never know exactly what drove miss kazemi to make that decision on that saturday morning, the totality of the evidence clearly points to a murder-suicide.
shepard: and that evidence includes the gun which was found underneath kazemi's body. and the apparent breakdown her friends say they witnessed in the days before this shooting. jonathan serrie is working this one tonight. jonathan, investigators giving us new details about this woman's state of mind. >> they are indeed, shep. they say kazemi was making payments on two vehicles that her roommate was leaving, essentially doubling her rent, and she was increasingly concerned that her relationship with steve mcnair was in jeopardy. here's what the police chief said. >> over the last five to seven days of kazemi's life, our investigation is learning that she had become very distraught and on two occasions told friends and associates that her life was all messed up and that she was going to end it all. >> police say kazemi believed that mcnair had become involved with yet another woman outside of his marriage. shep? shepard: i mentioned that police told us today that he was, mcnair, was sleeping when he was shot. how do they know that?
>> they say there were no signs of a struggle, no defensive wounds, and the positioning of the bodies lead them to believe he was asleep, had no idea what hit him. shepard: as it turns out, jonathan, this mistress had a run-in with the law just a couple of days before this shooting. >> she did indeed. on thursday, she was arrested for d.u.i. police say prior to that, apparently, no criminal record. shepard: jonathan serrie live in our southeast newsroom. thank you. a new push today by the vice president trying to convince lawmakers that president obama's controversial health care plan will fix the system. critics say it's too expensive, expected to cost something north of a trillion bucks. the critics also say it will put the government in the business of controlling the care we receive. but today vice president biden announced hospitals have agreed to give up $155 billion in medicare and medicaid payments over the next decade. that money, he says, would help pay for part of the overhaul. the hospitals aren't making this deal out of the goodness of their collective hearts.
far from it. they are doing it because they could eventually get medicare and medicaid reimbursements at higher rates. still, the hospital deal is just part of the plan. another big part of the idea of taxing employee health care benefits. carl cameron with the news on capitol hill. he said he would not do that, carl, but it's not just democrats -- not just democrats against republicans here. the democrats are fighting amongst themselves, too. >> they are, and part of that proposal to tax health care benefits in order to pay for health insurance for all is part of the problem. and last night, the majority leader harry reid told a key committee chairman that he thought taxing health benefits ought to be eliminated. we're talking about max baucus of montana. the tax on health care benefits, to pay for health insurance was his idea. he says he haitian been told he can't do it, but all the senators working with him say it has been pulled out of the proposal. shep? shepard: the administration has made a point of getting hospitals, drug makers, doctors, all to agree to cost cutting. how much does that really help here? >> well, it's a good question
as to whether or not it helps at all, in the sense that right now there is about a $320 billion gap. lawmakers are trying to come up with the rest of that money in order to pay for what they are proposing. when you talk about the hospitals giving up $155 billion in medicare and medicaid money over the course of the next decade, it's not like that money is going to be used for something other than health care. they are just transferring it from one spending methodology to a new one. and republicans say that's really not saving anybody any money. shepard: carl cameron live on the hill tonight. carl, thanks. now what the white house calls a significant step in the battle against global warming. it happened in simply where president obama is meeting with other world leaders. the called group of eight industrialized countries agreeing now to take steps to try to control the earth's temperature. canada, the u.s., the united kingdom, france, germany, italy, russia, and japan. the leaders of those countries agreeing to limit greenhouse gases which many scientists blame for climate change. but it's a nonbinding agreement.
nerd, there is no way to enforce it. two of the world's biggest polluters are not on board. we're talking about india and china, they are nowhere. >> they are not on board, shepard, and there are also 14 other nations here participating in the major economies forum. none of those 14, including china and india, are on board this claimant change propounded by the g-8. and the g-8 nations themselves, shepard, are in no way explaining how each of them will achieve the global warming greenhouse gas productions. not only are two huge polluters, india and china not part of the deal, those who are aren't specifying how they will comply. shepard: china's leaders had to leave the summit early because of the riots going on back home. is that a big setback here? >> it is at least as far as president barack obama wanting to have a second face to face meeting with the chinese president. he made it close to where we
are here in italy, but left to go back to china because of the violence there. president obama wanted to talk to him about currency, north korea, and tray, as well as the issue of global climate change. none of those meetings will be held here. they will have to wait until another time. shepard: you mentioned the town that's the same spot where almost 300 people were killed in an earthquake last april. that's no coincidence, right? >> no. silvio berlusconi, the italian prime minister, moved the summit here to show his solidarity with those who are still suffering the effects of that earthquake. 66,000 people are still displaced. president obama went along with the prime minister to tour some of the damage today. while he was there, he came across a sign that might have looked vaguely familiar. it read yes, we camp. it says many of those displaced are still living in camps here from when the earthquake first hit. the prime minister said treat it like a camping weekend. some still are, and they are
not very happy about it. shepard: major garrett live at the summit in italy. a wildfire and emergency crews have evacuated a los angeles landmark. we have brand-new video. it's near the getty art center art complex, a famous museum in the santa monica mountains overlooking l.a. you can't miss it. it's quite a sight. firefighters say the flames broke out about three hours ago and are now actually burning on getty property. they have shut the place down, evacuated it, turned off the ventilation system to try to prevent the smoke from damaging the artwork. the museum's permanent collection includes drawings, sculptures, paintings, including one by vincent van gogh valued at tens of millions of dollars. fire crews also evacuating the nearby mount st. mary's college just in case. and new details tonight about a powerful cyberattack on america. turns out the white house and a lot of other targets were hit. now pentagon insiders say they know who did it. we're live in d.c. with that
shepard: the attack came on the fourth of july, independence day. it was a coordinated assault on targets including the white house and the pentagon. it was all carried out by computer. tonight we're learning more about this cyberspace attack and who they now believe was behind it. shannon bream has the news for us in washington tonight. the experts are saying this seems to be the work of the north koreans.
>> shep, there are u.s. officials that say three internet addresses have been traced to north korea, but it's going to take time to fully flesh this out. it doesn't necessarily mean the government of north korea was involved. now south korea is making more strident accusations about this. the u.s. is stopping just short of a direct accusation. shep? shepard: the hackers hit a lot of major departments including homeland security, defense, and more, right? >> absolutely. treasury department, secret service, you name it, they were probably hit. here is what admiral mike mullin had to say today about the reports the defense department website was also hit. >> we are constantly probed in the cyberworld. and have been for some time. without going into any specific details of that, i'm comfortable that we are alert. >> and they will remain alert, shep. you can believe that is a fact when it comes to these agencies and all that sensitive information. shepard: so there was a cyberattack. what did it accomplish?
>> well, the good thing is what we're hearing from the department of homeland security is the sites themselves weren't compromised, the content of the sites. what happened with this kind of attack, it directed a number of other computers, millions across the world, to come to these government websites at one time and essentially crash them because they couldn't handle the traffic. but i will tell you that senator joe lieberman was briefed on this today. he said no, no permanent damage. clearly this was a coordinated attack. he said he believed it was meant to, quote, send a message. shep? shepard: always good to see you. thank you. the online classified service craigslist, it's in the crosshairs again. remember investigators say a couple of recent high-profile murder suspects found their victims on that site. now it appears criminals have a new use for the craigslist -- armed robbery. philadelphia police are now warning that someone has been posting ads for expensive products like tv sets and stuff, then pulling a gun on the unsuspecting buyers when they meet up to pay. police say at least three people have reported that this
happened and that they think many more victims may be out there. a jilted husband in connecticut apparently took til death do us part quite literally. his name is richard shenkman. he is accused of kidnapping his ex-wife and holding him hostage at her home near hartford. they say shenkman set his own home on fire after cops fired pepper spray at the place. police say he also called for a priest to give his wife last rites. she managed to escape before the fire started. cops tell us he eventually went out a back door and was arrested. the couple's divorce was finalized last year, but he was appealing the decision. court records show he left his wife more than a dozen threatening voice messages like this one, and i'm quoting. we're not divorced, we're not getting divorced. shepard: but he didn't make it
happen. it cost the city of los angeles $4 million in overtime and other services, they tell us. now just one day after michael jackson's memorial, los angeles is looking for ways to try to get some of that money back. 17,000 fans had tickets for yesterday's event. some 31 million people watched it on tv, we now know, a big number. according to nielsen which tracks things like this. a bigger audience than watched president reagan's funeral but smaller than watched princess diana's funeral. now that the memorial is over, let the debate over the bill begin. a.e.g. live owns l.a.'s staples center. it has not committed to giving any of the money to pick up that tab. the city says it is looking into ways to legally press others to cover some of the costs. mayor antonio villaraigosa says they have been asking for donations from the public. there are still questions about where michael jackson will be buried. a private memorial held yesterday at a cemetery in the hollywood hills, but now it
appears that will not be his final resting place. as you might expect, sales of michael jackson's albums and singles have been through the roof since his death. as of today, his albums occupy number one through nine on the billboard top catalog albums chart. you see them all in the cube there. that's the chart which keeps track of music sales, really of older music. all the big ones are there, "thriller," and "off the wall ." you name it. the only nonsolo album, the jackson five ultimate collection. that's not it. according to the nielsen sound scan, 800,000 michael jackson albums were sold last week alone. well, there is word tonight that the feds have busted what's being called a major nationwide dog-fighting ring. according to the department of justice, 30 people are now under arrest. as many as 350 dogs rescued in five states. this is the scene at a kennel in foley, missouri. it was one of a number raided earlier today.
according to this indictment, pit bull terriers at the kennels were treated very badly. abandoned or killed for not winning or not fighting aggressively enough. dog-fighting is banned across the country and is a felony in 48 of our states. they are currently involved in what has been called the heaviest fighting of the entire afghan war, but now the marines say they need more help. so who are they asking to step up to the plate? details on that straight away. plus we're told they escaped one afghan battle by pretending to be women. details of the latest new taliban tactic. ñcçñwñ
troops helping the americans in what's currently the most intense battle of the whole war. he is telling reporters now that he has fewer than 600 afghan troops assigned to work with 4,000 u.s. marines in the helmand province in the southern part of the country and he says 600 just isn't enough. jennifer griffin is covering this for us from the pentagon. what is he looking for here? we can't very well send him afghan fighters. >> general nichols spoke to us over this almost inaudible line here at the pentagon. clearly he was frustrated he didn't have more afghan troops. the troops are supposed to be trained up by u.s. forces and provided to them by the host country. he said, quote, i'm not going to sugar quote -- sugarcoat it. we don't have enough afghan forces and i would like more. his 345er7bs can clear an area, but if they can't hand it over to the afghans, there is no point in their operations. shepard: now we're getting these reports that they are running out of water on the front lines? >> well, general nichols said
that that is not true. he hasn't heard of any water shortages, but there were some family members who were saying they were hearing from the front lines that they were short of water. nichols did say, however, that heat is the greatest enemy of these marines who are fighting. they are fighting in 120-degree weather. it feels like they are fighting in an oven. they need to almost freeze the water in order to have it even remotely cool temperature when it arrives at the front. the biggest logistical problem they have is getting water to the troops. shep? shepard: what a mess. jen, thanks so much. word of a new strategy being used by the taliban. they are dressing like women so they don't get caught. the military is reporting to us now that troops recently cornered a group of taliban fighters, but when the soldiers persuaded the militants to let the women and children go, the militants put the women and children's clothes on and walked away right past the americans. they hid under these traditional women's burqas like these. the pentagon says hundreds of militants have left the region
since the marines launched their offensive last week. but it comes at a cost. the pentagon reporting the death of another u.s. service member who was killed in action today. this as the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff general mike mullan paid his respect to seven u.s. soldiers who died there earlier this week. their bodies arrived this afternoon at dover air force base in delaware. a spokesman for mullan says he goes there frequently and he was drawn there today because of the large number of casualties. it was an undercover operation designed to measure the security in our nation's federal buildings. they are like how safe are we, really? the results -- explosive. they got past the guards, then built some bombs. tonight, how they did it and what else they smuggled inside. plus who is going to fix this problem before it happens for real? that's coming up. and ready for summer. choose one appetizer to share and two entrees for just 20 bucks.
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shepard: with the reception doing a number on small business owners, many are closing their storefronts and offices to set up shop at home. already half the nation's businesses are home based if you can believe it. according to the u.s. census bureau, they are. working from home might sound kind of cushy. you get to be your own boss, make your own hours, even do business dressed in p.j.'s if you want to. perhaps more importantly, operating a home business saves money on rent and other overhead costs. but as some entrepreneurs are finding out, it's not always that simple. >> is there any pain or pressure in your toes? >> victoria rogers is feeling the pain of owning a business. >> i'm a single parent. i'm trying to make my way in the world. it's tough. >> hoping to cut costs to save her 6-year-old ballet apparel store in princeton, new jersey, victoria packed her business up and moved it home. >> i knew with my daughter leaving home that it was going to be a tough adjustment. i thought this is a good time to combine the house and the
store. >> it wasn't easy. she spent $500,000 on a new house and most of her retirement savings on planners, lawyers, and engineers. at first, the local zoning board approved her ordinance, but it was later appealed by a community advocacy group that wants to protect the neighborhood from going commercial. the town does allow you to work from home as a seamstress, hat maker, or cobbler. she used to sell all sorts of ballet apparel, but as a cobbler, she now is restricted to selling point shoes. >> i have a lot of expenses that i'm trying to make my way, you know. this just really set me back. >> while she and her daughter are finding other avenues to make money, like the internet, selling tights online will only go so far. >> in this economy, they should really be more open to thinking out of the box. >> experts warn before setting up shop at home, be prepared to weigh the costs. >> most small retailers are not part of national chains. they are stand-alone mom and
pop businesses. they get most of their traffic from local neighborhood people walking in off the street. and because of that, when they pull the plug on their storefront, they are basically cutting off their business' air supply. >> without the foot traffic and the window shoppers, even though it's a popular time for ditching the storefronts in this recession, it does have its down falls. in new york, julie banderras, fox news. shepard: i'm shepard smith. this is "fox report h.d." it's the bottom of the hour. time for the top of the news. the bombs that did that were built inside federal buildings with parts smuggled right past security guards. luckily this time, the people doing the smuggling were working for the government. the feds went under cover to test security at 10 federal buildings in a few different cities. it's a hidden camera. that's why this video is a little shaky. these were buildings with level
four security, one step below the white house. and we're told all 10 failed miserably. >> we were able to bring the materials into the building, go to bathrooms. in some cases, bathrooms were locked, but federal employees let us in. and to those bathrooms and we assembled the materials. usually unfundeder four minutes. it's a very quick thing to put together. then we placed it in a briefcase and walked around a variety of federal offices. shepard: good grief. look at this. investigators say they found this security guard sound asleep right there at the desk in one federal building. yes, napping after he took a painkiller. catherine herridge is live in washington. this is almost impossible to believe. they tried 10 buildings, and they got through all 10 buildings, and in one security setup, they put a baby through? >> what i learned through my reporting today, shep, is that investigators were on the scene in a federal building when they
saw a baby go through the x-ray machine on a conveyor belt, presumably in some type of baby carrier. this was an accident. it was not part of the testing. nonetheless, they saw it, and that guard was fired. the guard sued and was successful and got his job back because the federal protective service, his boss, could not show that they had provided adequate training. it was really this episode on capitol hill that underscored to lawmakers that the oversight process for this group is clearly broken. shep? shepard: who is in charge of security in these buildings, and which -- i guess one of the investigators called it an agency in crisis. >> it's called the federal protective service. it's a group that most of us -- or at least people outside of washington aren't familiar with. it's the group that's in charge of protecting federal employees in the offices that they live and work in across the country. it was a separate agency from homeland security. in 2003 when the department was created, the federal corrective
service was folded in along with 21 other agencies. and the head of the f.p.s. said today on capitol hill that this had been a difficult transition and they simply did not have the people and the money to do the oversight process effectively which was pretty clear in the videotape. shep? shepard: so what are they going to do now? >> well, the bottom line today is that this is an interim report. there will be a final report on the federal protective service later this year, and in the interim, the head of that service is going to have to provide monthly updates to the senate homeland security committee. to his credit, the head of that service really fell on his sword today and took complete responsibility, and he did not dispute the findings. he was clearly contrite. we'll see whether being contrite actually adds up to real change for the better in these circumstances. shepard: yes, we will. i'm sure you will keep on it. catherine, thanks a lot. he is the leader of one of the most secretive and belligerent nations on the whole planet. for some time, north korea's
kim jung il has been keeping a pretty low profile. today the dear leader all of a sudden made a public appearance. there he is commemorating the 15th anniversary of the death of his father kim il sung. the video from state tv shows kim jung il is really not looking so good. that fueled speculation he has been very ill after he suffered a stroke just last year. look at these side by side photos. are you kidding me? on the left, that's the dear leader in healthier times. on the right, a shot of him today. as you can see, i don't have to tell you he looks gaunt. it looks like his mouth is falling off, doesn't it? he has had this case in the past. you will never hear north korea admit that the dear leader is sick at all. >> the picture is a little disturbing. this is a guy who probably would not have come out of seclusion if it hadn't been to attend this memorial service for his long dead father. gong is the pot belly and the opposey hairdo he used to sport. same with the elvis wraparounds. kim jong-il looks like he is 97. if this is the guy who is
carrying around north korea's nuclear football, it looks like he could fumble it at any moment. >> there are reports there is some sort of transition underway. is he handing over power or not? >> there is no official word from the regime. there had been reports that he was in the process of grooming his youngest son kim jong un to take over. with the flurry of recent activity like the nuclear tests and the rocket launches, you really have to wonder who is calling the shots. here is north korean expert jim walsh. >> that's the $64,000 question, when a leader begins to suffer health problems, are they still in control? at this point we just don't know. there are so many things we don't know about north korea. that's certainly one of them. >> it looks like this mysterious country is going to stay that way for the foreseeable future. shep? shepard: thank a lot. good to see you. the city of new orleans has been without international air service for almost four years. that just changed. our top story on a fox trip across america.
louisiana, passengers on the first international flight out of new orleans since hurricane katrina. aeromexico will fly to and from mexico city six days a week. mayor nagin was on the first flight to mexico city in an effort to drum up some business for new orleans. new york, fast-moving storms, high winds whipping through westchester county and parts of long island. more than 25,000 customers lost power. the national weather service checking to see whether it might have been a tornado. nobody hurt. florida. two girls just before they became puppy thieves. surveillance video shows the pair walking out of a pet store in deerfield beach while the staff was distracted. they got away with this $1,200 shetland sheep dog. the store owner just hopes to get the puppy back unhurt. missouri, the owner of this border collie has trained others of the breed to work with livestock and he says they were all pretty smart but
claims this one is gifted. when told to bring the hammer, he brings the hammer, not another tool. basketball, slam dunk for this dog. and he does seem to have a thing for sunglasses as well. and that's a fox watch across america. shepard: you know, they say you get what you pay for, but do you know exactly what you're getting when you shell out a couple of bucks for a bottle of water? there is some new research that may surprise you. and we'll have that for you straight away. plus palin pln. she seems to be spending a lot of time in our cube lately. she is on the campaign trail again. this is brand-new today. it's coming up. d difference. the difference is ford quality. quality that can't be beat by honda or toyota. and that difference is in every vehicle in our lineup... which includes the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedans in america.
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he says they have been friends from way back, before she became a national star. of course, governor palin is not running for re-election. last friday, she announced she is leaving office by the end of the month. her staffers say one reason she is stepping down is to campaign for other republican candidates across the country. new trouble tonight on planet blago. it's been a while since he has been in the cube, hasn't it? too long. the exgovernor's exchief of staff says he did indeed talk about selling president obama's former senate seat. john harris pleaded guilty today to corruption charges. and he has agreed to cooperate with the investigators. that means he could testify against america's blago at his trial. harris says he had several conversations with rod blagojevich last november about that senate seat. he claims the two of them talked about giving it to various candidates in exchange for a high-paying job for blago. the former illinois governor insists he is innocent.
one day after shelving his plans to build the world's largest wind farm, billionaire oil man t. boone pickens is joining two senators on capitol hill to push a different alternative energy source, natural gas. pickens along with utah senator orrin hatch and new jersey senator rob menendez announcing the introduction of legislation supporting vehicles that run on clean natural gas. now, pickens has spent the year promoting his pickens plan to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil. he says it's a matter of national security. >> we're importing almost 70% of our oil. over half of that comes from people that are not friendly to us. that has to stop. the security of the country is so much at risk on this issue. i honestly -- i'm a good sleeper, but i lay awake at night thinking about this one. shepard: among other things, this loogs would double the tax incentives for buying vehicles fueled by natural gas and would extend them for a decade. keep in mind, t. boone pickens owns a lot of land in texas
where there is thought to be a lot of natural gas. there is an energy bill working its way through the senate right now that could change more than just the kind of energy we use and how we use it. the bill has already made it through the house of representatives, but there is an amendment in the senate version which would open florida's waters to offshore drilling. supporters point out that energy taps could heat 30 million homes per year, but the critics say that could wreck the area's beaches, destroy florida's biggest industry -- tourism. phil keith something our guy in florida. he is live in clearwater beach tonight. has offshore drilling near florida always been defeated for environmental reasons alone? >> yeah, environmentalism combined with economics. after all, when it comes to florida's pristine beaches, preserving them almost at all costs has almost always prevailed. after all these beaches helped contribute about $65 billion tourist dollars every year for the state of florida. that's why currently it is
forbidden to drill for natural gas or oil within 145 miles of florida's coastline. but if this energy bill stays as is and passes through the u.s. senate, that could bring oil operations to within 10 miles of the panhandle and pensacola where that dome rich in natural gas is under water. and where i'm standing it could bring oil operations to within 45 miles here in the tampa bay area. shepard: anybody that has ever cedeno destin's east pass knows how beautiful that is. how risky is this? >> the oil industry concedes anything is risky when it comes to drilling for gas or oil. however in the tampa bay area they remember florida's worst natural disaster ever in 1983 when 300 miles of sand were stained black with 300,000 barrels of oil after three tankers collided. the oil industry says that's a case in point that the offshore oil rigs and the underwater pipelines are much safer.
that the greatest risk is actually in shipping oil. shepard: phil keating live tonight on a beautiful evening in clear water beach. lawmakers and regulators are demanding an answer to an age-old question -- what's in the water? they warn that could be in question if the water is in a bottle. you see, there was a chearg on capitol hill today. in it, researchers unveiled a pair of new reports which indicate we know less about the contents of our expensive bottled water than we know about the water that comes out of our own kitchen sinks, and the reason is the two are regulated completely differently. a little perspective now. the amount of bottled water americans drank doubled from 1997 to 2007. shoppers spent about $16 billion on the stuff last year. but that was actually flat compared to the year before. analysts say folks are cutting back on bottled water to save money and resources, and communities are trying to limit its use to cut down on waste. nasa may have to scrap a space shuttle launch planned for this
weekend. endeavour supposed to lift off on saturday night bound for the international space station, but they say thunderstorms may put a real damper on those plans. forecasters are predicting just a 40% chance that the weather will be acceptable come launch time. seven astronauts set to deliver and install the final piece of japan's lab at the international space station. the 16-day mission was already delayed twice last month by a hydrogen leak. it was so much easier back in the days of apollo, wasn't it? you just strapped yourself to a giant rocket, hit the blastoff button. shepard: what a sight. we're actually just days away from the 40th anniversary of the apollo mission that first brought man to the moon. remember where you were when you heard this? >> it's one small step for man. one giant leap for mankind. shepard: this was in a sound studio in hollywood, or so my grandmother once thought.
11 other astronauts followed in neil armstrong's footsteps. and today we heard from the very last man to set foot on the moon, astronaut gene cernan. he said it's high time we get back up there. >> we need to reinvigorate the spirit, the minds, the dreams of our young kids. if we look back at apollo, everybody dreamed of going to the moon, but they all couldn't. but a lot became doctors, engineers, they became dentists, they became astronomers, mathematicians. we need to reinstill that kind of spirit, that kind of inspiration into the hearts and minds of our young kids today. shepard: cernan also says he is confident we'll make it to mars in the relatively near future. coming up next week, a special fox news reporting "apollo 11, one small step to our future ." remember the massive stimulus bill the president signed a few months back, nearly $800 billion? ever wonder where all those tax dollars actually went? well, today we started
shepard: the government has done an audit of the $787 billion stimulus plan and the government has found the state is using the money just to stay afloat and not for long-term investments and things like new schools and new roads and bridges. it also appears some of the nation's poorest areas may have been left out altogether. since president obama signed the stimulus bill back in february, a lot of taxpayer money has been distributed. the goal here, jump-start the economy, with job-creating construction projects. but how much of that cash has been misdirected? we got some answers today. wendell goler is here with them. wendell? >> shep, the government report
raised bipartisan concerns on capitol hill with democratic worried the stimulus money is not going where it's needed most and republicans feeling we're just not getting enough bang for the bucks. >> 150,000 jobs created or saved. how much have we spent? >> we have obligated $57 billion. >> that's $380,000 a job if you do the math. but of course a lot of the obligated money hasn't been spent. a lot is paying for food stamps and medicaid in schools, things that make a bigger difference to governors than they do to members of congress. >> the american recovery and reinvestment act has really been a life line. it is helping us to create and save jobs in maryland. it is allowing us to position our state's economy to bounce back from this recession. >> the g.a.o. report says half the money set aside for road and bridge repairs is being used for simple repaving. states are using stimulus money just to stay afloat. while the president won't rule
out a second stimulus plan, his aides made clear today it is not something he wants. >> no one in the administration is talking about a second stimulus at this point. what we are focused on right now is implementing the recovery act that congress has already passed? >> meanwhile if there is something that makes the governors nervous, it's whether their economies was growing fast enough two years from now when the stimulus program ends to pay the expenses they are covering with federal money today. shepard? >> wendell goler life on capitol hill. shepard: most of the world leaders at the g-8 summit in italy have their families with them. the spouses got the opportunity to see stuff that most tourists never see. it's our lead story on a fox trip round the world in 80 seconds. vatican city. pope benedict xvi meeting with some of the first ladies at the g-8 summit. michelle obama is not in the group because she and the president have a private audience scheduled with the pope. carla sarkozy of france missed
the event because she hasn't yet arriveded in italy. and because the italian prime minister's wife is divorcing him, italy's equal opportunities minister, a former beauty queen herself, is hosting the first ladies. haiti, former president bill clinton calling for more aid money. he is the u.n.'s new special envoy to haiti and says he is just trying to organize and speed up the reconstruction process. four tropical storms caused a billion dollar of damage in haiti last year. president clinton and president preval paid their respects at a stone memorial to the 800 people killed by the storms. india, fireworks exploding, its flames destroy a factory in the southern part of the nation. local news reports indicate at least 16 people were killed and 25 others hurt. the cause of the blaze is still under investigation. germany, a combination medical checkup and photo op or siberian tiger quadruplets. zookeepers say all four are doing well, as is the mother.
and the whole family is getting along together. that's a wrap on this fox trip round the world in 80 seconds. well, she is probably not even old enough to cross the street by herself, but she made a difference halfway around the world. you will hear from the 7-year-old girl who somehow built an orphanage in haiti. plus something happened today that hasn't happened in about 100 years. know what that was? ulna minute. drive the ford difference. the difference is ford quality. quality that can't be beat by honda or toyota. and that difference is in every vehicle in our lineup... which includes the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedans in america. now, drive the ford difference home and we'll cover the first three payments. hey...different is good. test drive it for yourself. get to your ford or lincoln mercury dealer or visit ford.com and drive the ford difference. [ door closes ] [ footsteps ]
shepard: she is just 7 years old. already making a positive difference in the world. little isabella ratford has been raising money to help orphanages. selling cards and paintings in a project called art for orphanages. she raised enough money to build an orphanage in haiti. last month she traveled there to see it. >> i met the six girls living in my home right now. lots of other fun kids.
i -- one even made me a necklace. shepard: this young humanitarian from kansas says she is not stopping any time soon. we're told her project is funding a second orphanage, this one in malawi in africa. do you remember what you were doing at, say, 12:34:56? i ask because you might not be aware but you were involved in a once in a lifetime event today. check it out. when the clock ticked 12:34:56 on july 8, 2009, the numbers aligned if only for a second. not once but twice, a.m. and p.m. see it there? great, huh? it doesn't mean anything, nothing, but we thought it was kind of interesting. so we told you. top story update now. police announcing the former nfl quarterback steve mcnair was the victim of a murder and that his girlfriend killed herself just after killing him. a wildfire in the los angeles area now threatening the world's famous art collection at the getty center museum in
the santa monica mountains. and asleep on the job. investigators are reporting they were able to sneak bomb-making materials right past guards in 10 u.s. federal buildings. and on this day back in 1960, c.i.a. pilot francis gary powers was charged with espionage by the soviet union two months after it had shot him down. powers with a former air force pilot recruited by the c.i.a. to fly the top secret u-2 spy plane. at the time the u-2 was the state-of-the-art in photo reconnaissance aircraft, able to snap high-resolution pictures from the outer reaches of the earth's atmosphere. after his plane was hit by a missile, powers parachuted right into k.g.b. custody. he was interrogated for weeks, interrogated in a soviet prison, released after just two years in a jailed russian secret agent. powers died in a helicopter crash in 1977 but the soviets charged an american pilot with spying 49 years ago today. and now you k